To keep Arizona’s roads safe instead of scary this Halloween, AAA and the Beverage Alcohol Community Information Council  are offering ghouls who indulge in the “spirits” this weekend a Tipsy Tow. This free service will begin 6 p.m. Saturday and run through 6 a.m. Sunday.

One of AAA and BACIC’s shared missions is to encourage the public to seek safe, responsible routes home from bars, restaurants and parties. Therefore, to give party-going goblins a safe and reliable option, the organizations will offer this service for the first time ever during All Hallows’ Eve.

“As the popularity of Halloween celebrations at bars and restaurants is increasing, so is the creativity of business owners who introduce new ways to have a good, and safe, time,” said Steve Chucri, Chairman of BACIC. “Our council partners are committed to the safety of their patrons and the public. Therefore, we urge partygoers to have a plan for getting back home before donning their costumes and hitting the town, and Tipsy Tow is one smart option.”

To take advantage of Tipsy Tow, drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and/or restaurant and resort managers should:

  • Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357) between 6 p.m. Oct. 29, and 6 a.m. Oct. 30. 
  • State that they need a “Tipsy Tow.”
  • Provide the driver’s name, home address, phone number and vehicle/driver location.

“Cocktails are commonplace for costume parties, but whether you’re a zombie, a vampire or a werewolf, you don’t want to make a decision that will haunt you,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “Therefore, we encourage costumed revelers everywhere to find a safe way back to their lairs by calling Tipsy Tow.”

Tipsy Tow provides a one-way ride for the driver, one passenger and their vehicle at no cost for up to 10 miles. Services will not be provided to motorists requesting a tow to another drinking establishment or to a destination other than their home. A tow to a hotel may be allowed if the motorist is, or plans to become, a guest.

Other services that will not be provided include: requests for a vehicle start, flat tire change, gas delivery and/or taxi service. For trips longer than 10 miles, motorists can expect to be charged the towing company’s standard rate.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one alcohol-impaired death occurs every 45 minutes across the country, with alcohol impaired drivers contributing to one out of every three traffic deaths. As a result, AAA is challenging drivers to pledge to drive drug and alcohol-free.

More than 18,000 DUI arrests were made in Arizona in 2010, according to the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety.  AAA estimates that a first-time DUI conviction can cost a motorist more than $10,000 in fines, penalties, legal fees and increased insurance costs. You can learn more about the laws, statistics and consequences of drunk driving at the AAA DUI Justice Link.

BACIC is a council comprised of organizations and trade groups from the hospitality industry, including restaurants, bars, lodging and tourism sectors. The council seeks to promote community awareness and information about issues in our Arizona related to the beverage alcohol industry, to ensure responsible and lawful consumption of alcoholic beverages, and to recognize the role that hospitality establishments play in our tourism industry and economy. BACIC supports well-designed and effective public policies that advance this mission without unreasonably restricting the options of those consumers who choose to enjoy alcohol beverages responsibly and in moderation or adversely affecting the economic vitality of our Arizona. For more information, visit the BACIC website.

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